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Gaudeamus

10.24.20

a benefit gala

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Give the gift of Catholic education to children most in need.

100% of your gift this evening will be matched -
and will go directly to supporting student scholarships.

Thanks to the generous support of our CEF community, this year’s Gaudeamus on October 29, 2022 was an incredible success, raising more than $2.4 million towards scholarships for students in need. Watch the videos below and follow us to see more highlights.


On behalf of the schools and students CEF supports, thank you for continuing the vision of our founders and helping put Catholic education within reach of every family.

Saturday, October 29, 2022
Overland Park Convention Center
6:00 pm

The 2021 Gaudeamus benefit gala, CEF’s signature fundraising event, will be celebrated live and in-person at the
Overland Park Convention Center on Saturday, October 23rd! Funds raised support Catholic school scholarships for
low-income students throughout the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

Last year’s Gaudeamus gala empowered CEF to provide more than $2 million in scholarship funding to nearly 1,500 low-income students in the ‘20-’21 school year. Thanks to your generosity, seniors supported by CEF scholarships achieved a 100% graduation and matriculation rate last spring, despite the challenges of the pandemic.

Right now, more than 200 students living in poverty are waiting for a scholarship - and your support of this year’s Gaudeamus gala can rewrite the future for these children in need.

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
Overland Park Convention Center
6:00 pm Cocktails
7:15 pm Dinner
8:45 pm Live Band & Dancing
Cocktail Attire

Celebrating the vision of our founders

To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we are recognizing our founders - Blake Mulvany, Tom Zarda, Rich Henry, Archbishop James P. Keleher, Sr. Vickie Perkins, and Leonard & Ellen McKinzie.

Their vision of changing the status quo has fueled our mission and helped thousands of students and families in need.

Meet our founders
Tom Zarda, Archbishop Keleher and Mickey Zarda
Blake Mulvany, Rich Henry and Tom Zarda
Leonard and Ellen McKinzie
Bill Dunn, Sr., Leonard McKinzie and Charles Berkel

Gaudeamus funds scholarships

The Catholic Education Foundation’s Gaudeamus benefit gala has been the backbone of scholarship funding for low-income K-12 Catholic school students in northeast Kansas for 20 years.

This year's event will provide the majority of the annual funds needed for CEF’s traditional, tuition-assistance scholarships. CEF provides support to more than 1,800 students in 27 schools throughout the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

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Meet our gala chairs

This year's Gaudeamus chairs are Kyle and Nicole Hill and Jake and Ashley Rieke.

Together, they will help us recognize our founding leaders and celebrate the tremendous impact CEF scholarships have had on our students, schools and communities.

meet the chairs
Kyle and Nicole Hill and Jake and Ashley Rieke

Meet the Cunningham Family

CEF Scholarship Recipients


“It's like this weight just came off of you and you're thinking, 'My kids are gonna have a faith-filled education because I was able to receive this scholarship.' Thank you for the opportunities you have given my children.”

Meet A scholarship Family

Our Teachers, Our Heroes


This year, we recognized the small group of Catholics whose lifelong passion for Catholic education and vision of changing the status quo, has fueled our mission and helped thousands of students and families in need. Meet our founders and hear their perspective on CEF's 25-year history.

Meet Our founders

Save the Date: 10.29.22


Mark your calendar for next year’s Gaudeamus benefit gala on Saturday, October 28th, 2023 at the Overland Park Convention Center.

Plan to join us as we celebrate the truth, beauty and goodness of Catholic education!

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See the impact of your gift in action.

Learn about our 25-year history

Meet a scholarship family

Hear the impact of Catholic education

special thanks to our generous sponsors

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